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Congregational Affirmation of Faith

Author: 
- Various
Date Given: 
June 27, 2009

Congregational Affirmation of Faith

I. The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32

Only Two Systems

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 16, 2014

All the religious systems in the world, natural (manmade) or revealed, can be reduced to one of two descriptions: either “do,” or “done.”

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Encounter His Coming: No Longer Hidden

Published by: Jason Meyer
December 12, 2014

The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the Advent sermon on December 13/14, “Encounter His Coming: No Longer Hidden” (Luke 8:42b–48). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.

Outline

Four Broad Brush Strokes in Our Story:

 

 

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Encounter His Coming: Undeniable

Published by: Jason Meyer
November 26, 2014

The following discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the Advent sermon on November 29/30, “Encounter His Coming: Undeniable” (Luke 5:17–26). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.

Outline

  1. Faith (v. 17–20a)
  2. Forgiveness (v. 20b)
  3. Fact-Finding (v. 21–26)

Main Point: Jesus’ coming makes an undeniable difference.

 

 

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Habit As an Indicator

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 25, 2014

A sure indication of trust in God is whether one habitually complains or habitually praises.

 

 

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Run Like You’re …

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 8, 2014

Jesse Harms’ coach said to him, “Harms, run like you’re getting somewhere!”

In other words, don’t run aimlessly. The apostle Paul had something to say about that:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.—1 Corinthians 9:24–26

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Fundamental Delusion

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 30, 2014

Confidence in the wisdom of God is closely related to our obedience to him. A great delusion is contained in the thought, “If I keep his commandments, I will not be happy.” Herein is the fundamental human delusion.–R.C. Sproul, The Intimate Marriage

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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He’s Expecting You

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 2, 2014

Bethlehem’s North Campus elders are reading together, out loud, Wesley Duewel’s Touch the World Through Prayer, in which he says, “The greatest privilege God gives you is the freedom to approach him at any time. You are not only authorized to speak to him; you are invited. You are not only permitted; you are expected.”

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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What I Said To Rick Segal

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 20, 2014

When Rick Segal was transitioning to his new post as Vice President for Advancement at Bethlehem College and Seminary, he made an appointment to see me. He brought a list of 44 questions he wanted to discuss. He entered my office, and after we prayed, I said, “Before we tackle your 44 questions, I would like to look at a few Scriptures together—Scriptures that establish the backdrop and framework through which I approach my role as chairman of the board.

These are the texts we read together.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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‘Already Compromised,’ Part 2

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 3, 2014

America’s Research Group interviewed presidents, vice presidents, heads of science departments, and heads of religion departments at 200 Christian colleges. When it comes to biblical authority, Britt Beemer reports “cause for concern in the curriculum, conflict between departments, and confusion among leaders on many levels.”

The following data comes from Already Compromised, by Ken Ham and Greg Hall (with Britt Beemer of America’s Research Group): 

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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